2022 ALSC Election Slate

ALSC Board Positions | ALSC Award Committees | Propsed Bylaws Amendments

The following ALSC members are candidates standing for election in spring 2022. We thank them sincerely for their time and commitment to ALSC.

Many thanks also to the 2022 Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, including Chair Paula Holmes, Eric Gomez, Ana-Elba Pavon, and Vicky Smith.

ALSC Vice-President/President-Elect (2 candidates; 1 to be elected)

Joanna Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA Learn more about Joanna
Dr. Jonda C. McNair, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH Learn more about Jonda

ALSC Fiscal Officer (2 candidates; 1 to be elected)

Robbin Friedman, Chappaqua Library, Chappaqua, NY Learn more about Robbin
Denise Lyons, Library Consultant, Raleigh, NC Learn more about Denise

New-to-ALSC Board Director (2 candidates; 1 to be elected)

Jaime Eastman, Plano Public Library, Plano, TX Learn more about Jaime
Emily Mroczek, Freelance Librarian, Woodridge, IL Learn more about Emily

ALSC Board of Directors (2 candidates; 1 to be elected)

Christopher Brown, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA Learn more about Christopher   
Maria Estrella, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, OH Learn more about Maria


2024 Newbery Committee (16 candidates; 8 to be elected)

Lucia Acosta, Princeton, NJ
Armin Arethna, Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA
Danilo Baylen, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA
Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA
Lindsay Goldstein, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL
Katy Hepner, Norman Mayer Library, New Orleans Public Library, New Orleans, LA
Krystina Humbert, Mariners Harbor Library, New York Public Library, Staten Island, NY
Rebecca Ivey, Denton Public Library, Denton, TX
Paris Kelvakis, Canton Public Library, Canton Township, MI
Linda Klein, Anchorage Public Library, Anchorage, AK
Benjamin Martin, Tuscaloosa Academy, Tuscaloosa, AL
Diana Price, Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, Alexandria, VA
Elizabeth Rosania, Boise Public Library, Boise, ID
Kari Ann St. Jean, Avon Free Public Library, Avon, CT [Name withdrawn 2/18/22]
Gretchen Schulz, Aurora Public Library Disctrict, Aurora, IL
Julie Williams, Sanford Middle School, Sanford, ME

2024 Caldecott Committee (16 candidates; 8 to be elected)

Amanda Bressler, Albany Public Library, Corvallis, OR
Lisa Dennis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Darryn Diuguid, McKendree University, Lebanon, IL
Andrea Erickson, Montgomery County Government, Columbia, MD
Rose Garrett, retired, Atlanta, GA
Abby Johnson, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, New Albany, IN
Rita King, Baker & Taylor, Spring Lake, MI
Angela Leeper, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
J. Elizabeth “Liz” Mills, University of Washington Information School, Seattle, WA
Dr. Judi Moreillon, Literacies and Libraries Consultant, Tucson, AZ
Maria Paz Alegre, Allen-Stevenson School, New York, NY
Tara Phethean, Todd Elementary, Briarcliff Manor UFSD, Briarcliff Manor, NY
Alma Ramos-McDermott, Lake Trafford Elementary School, Immokalee, FL [Name withdrawn 12/20/21]
Jade Valenzuela, TeachingBooks, Albuquerque, NM
Sarah West, New York Public Library, New York, NY
Kimberly White, Broward County Libraries, FL

2024 Sibert Committee (10 candidates; 5 to be elected)

Amanda Chuong, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
Melody Frese, Ladue School District, Ladue, MO
Ryan Grant, Medical Lake School District, Fairchild AFB, WA
Nancy Johnson, Professor Emeritus/Literacy Consultant, Bellingham, WA
Evelyn Keolian, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL
Erika Miller, Timberland Regional Library, Port Orchard, WA
Jennifer Longee, Durham Academy, Durham, NC
Jennifer Minehardt, New York Public Library, NY    
Melissa Stovall, Austin Independent School District, Austin, TX
Laura Tucker, Homewood Public Library, Homewood, AL

2024 Legacy Committee (6 candidates; 3 to be elected)

Joel Bangilan, Boniuk Library of the Holocaust Museum of Houston, Houston, TX
Jennifer Duffy, King County Library System, Kirkland, WA
Tiffeni Fontno, Boston College/Educational Resource Center, Chestnut Hill, MA [Name withdrawn 10/29/21]
Ruth Guerrier-Pierre, New York Public Library, New York, NY
Michelle Holley Martin, University of Washington Information School, Seattle, WA
Emma McNamara, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC


Proposed Bylaws Amendments

The following information regarding two bylaw amendments will appear on the 2022 ALSC ballot for member consideration.

The ALSC Board of Directors approved placing the following changes to the ALSC Bylaws on the ballot. Division members are asked to approve these changes. There were no dissenting comments from the ALSC Board of Directors.

Approval of proposed amendment to ALSC Bylaws Article X. Nominations and Elections, Section 2 [Part 1]

Text to be deleted appears in brackets under “Current Bylaw” section.  Replacement text to be approved is bold and underscored in the “Proposed Bylaw Change” section below.

Change the number of candidates on the prepared slate for every anticipated Board vacancy to “at least one” instead of exactly “two (2).”

RATIONALE: Most candidates for ALSC Board positions do not self-nominate. That can mean, with the current requirement of two candidates per Board vacancy, that the Nominating and Leadership Development committee must secure up to ten willing candidates each year. Each candidate invited to the slate requires labor-intensive review by staff. The majority of invitees decline, causing the process of filling the ballot to take up to six months and leaving little time or capacity for the committee to prioritize their leadership development work. Furthermore, every year half of the members on the ballot experience the demoralizing rejection of “not being elected.” This scenario has increasingly led to the disengagement and sometimes loss of highly qualified, active members from the association. In regards to leadership development, the current quota for Board vacancies and effort required to build a slate necessitates that the committee focus their work on the quantity of candidates to the detriment of other ALSC priorities, including diversity of candidates on the ballot and, ultimately, in leadership positions.

Current Bylaw:
The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate to consist of: [two (2) candidates] for every anticipated Board vacancy (The Board shall consist of thirteen members: president, vice-president (president-elect); immediate past-president, division councilor, fiscal officer, new to ALSC director and seven directors-at-large). In years when multiple director-at-large vacancies are anticipated the slate shall include [twice] as many candidates as there are slots;

Proposed Bylaw change:
The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate to consist of: at least one candidate for every anticipated Board vacancy (The Board shall consist of thirteen members: president, vice-president (president-elect); immediate past-president, division councilor, fiscal officer, new to ALSC director and seven directors-at-large). In years when multiple director-at-large vacancies are anticipated the slate shall include at least as many candidates as there are slots; 


Approval of proposed amendment to ALSC Bylaws Article X. Nominations and Elections, Section 2 [Part 2]

Text to be deleted appears in brackets under “Current Bylaw” section.  Replacement text to be approved is bold and underscored in the “Proposed Bylaw Change” section below.

Remove award committee positions from the ballot. As a point of reference, the current bylaw applies to only some award committees. The number of award committee members would remain the same, but all members would be appointed by ALSC leadership, rather than some award committees being made up of a mix of elected and appointed committee members.

RATIONALE: ALSC members report that the current processes for serving on award committees are confusing and make it difficult to indicate their interest in serving. Currently, four committees are created through a combination of elections and appointments, which each require a separate volunteer application process—a nominating form open for two months per year for elected positions and a volunteer form always open for appointed positions. The remaining five award committees are created through appointments only. This bylaws change would result inone process of committee creation for all ALSC award committees.

All award committees will retain the same total number of members. ALSC members will continue to have the ability to volunteer for award committee service, and they will only need to be aware of one process for expressing their interest to serve, available to them at any time.

Additionally, this bylaws change will reduce staff and Nominating and Leadership Development committee time spent on redundant member vetting, wherein multiple staff, the appointing officer, and committee members all vet the same potential committee members multiple times throughout the year, depending on which application form was used to express interest.

Finally, under the current bylaws, 24 active ALSC members every year experience “not being elected,” which increasingly has led to the disengagement and sometimes loss of highly qualified, active members from the association. This scenario would be eliminated with the bylaws change.

Current Bylaw:
[sixteen (16) candidates for eight (8) Newbery Award Committee members-at-large; sixteen (16) candidates for eight (8) Caldecott Award Committee members-at-large; ten (10) candidates for five (5) Sibert Award Committee members-at-large; six (6) candidates for three (3) Children's Literature Legacy Award Committee members-at-large;] and candidates to fill vacancies as approved in Article V, Sec. 3 of these Bylaws. The Nominating Committee will report the slate of candidates to the ALSC Executive Committee in writing by October 1, for the Fall Division Leadership Meeting in the year of the Nominating Committee’s appointment.

Proposed Bylaw change:
and candidates to fill vacancies as approved in Article V, Sec. 3 of these Bylaws. The Nominating Committee will report the slate of candidates to the ALSC Executive Committee in writing by October 1, for the Fall Division Leadership Meeting in the year of the Nominating Committee’s appointment.

Members can learn more about the proposed bylaws changes by viewing our recent Community ForumOrganizational & Electoral Process Efficiencies: Investing in Member Leaders. (ALA member login required to access)


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